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Electrical Testing

Wing Electrical is an Electrical company registered with the NICEIC with over 21 years in providing quality EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report Electrical Testing. Using us will mean you comply with Electrical Safety Regulations (BS7671 18th Edition Wiring Regulations).

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This page’s purpose is to answer any questions/problems you have regarding Electrical Testing.

There are two main types of Electrical Testing EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) and PAT (Portable Appliance Testing).

PAT Testing is the testing of appliances (please see subheading below), but most of this page is about EICR. Whenever we mention “Electrical Testing,” we mean EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report).

Do I Need Electrical Testing?

Every home should get an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report). An EICR is an electrical equivalent of having your boiler checked. Electrical Safety First encourages you to have an EICR in your home every ten years.

Landlords: New laws make it mandatory for Landlords to perform an EICR every five years (starting July 2020).

If you are a business, then you may need an EICR to validate your Insurance. Legally you must conduct Fixed Wire Testing on your property—the IET Wiring Regulations Seventeenth Edition (BS 7671) will inspect your Fixed Wire Testing. Please read on, but also see our Commercial Electrical Testing page.

What are the dangers of not doing Electrical Testing?

Not doing an EICR is seen by Insurance Companies as not “carrying out Electrical Testing on your electrical systems,” this is often used to refuse claims.

Fires related to electrical faults cause 28 deaths and injuries each week (Government Stats). You may have a small defect that will one day create a fire. There is just no way of spotting faults without an electrical test.

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What is Electrical Testing (EICR – Electrical Installation Condition Report)?

If you want to know what is involved in an Electrical Test, then please read this section.

An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is otherwise known Electrical Testing (previously known as Periodic Inspection Reporting). An EICR is a test that checks if electrical installations are in a safe condition. The EICR brings potential safety issues to light, which can be looked at a later stage.

Any immediate problems found are known as “code one” issues, they will be fixed straight away (danger to life), or at least made safe. Any “code two” or “code three” problems will be made known to you, allowing you to decide when you’d like to solve them. A code two problem is one you should fix soon (a potential danger to life). A code three problem is more like a suggestion by the Electrician rather than a safety issue the needs fixing soon.

At Wing Electrical, we send you the Electrical Testing report, along with a quote to fix any of the errors found, these are called remedial works.

The EICR will then give you a Certification of Electrical Installations, i.e., an Electrical Safety Certificate (otherwise known as an Electrical Certificate).

What is an Electrical Inspection?

Electrical Inspection and Testing is just another term for the testing performed on the EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report).

What will an Electrician check in an Electrical Test?

An EICR (or Electrical Test) will check the following:

  • Find gaps in earthing or bonding
  • Electrical circuits or equipment, to see if any of these is overloaded
  • Identify electrical shock risks and fire hazards
  • Find problems caused by flawed DIY electrical works
  • Checking of your switchgear and control gear. For example, an old fuse box with a wooden back and cast-iron switches is not considered entirely safe.
  • Your electrical equipment must be secure, e.g., switches, socket-outlets, and light fittings.
  • Your wiring system will need a complete check (black rubber is no longer safe, and cables coated in lead will need changing.
  • Wear and tear issues
  • Problems with the installation due to changes in the property’s use.

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The Electrician will review your electrical installation (EICR) against the BS7671 (the electrical installations safety standard).

Who can provide Electrical Testing (EICR)?

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The electrical inspection and testing should be carried out by a highly qualified and experienced electrician. They should have experience in the specific type of installation which you have, so make sure you ask them for evidence of them carrying out a similar installation to yours.

Insurance companies mostly ask for accreditations such as NICEIC.

A big issue with Electricians providing Electrical Tests is a lot of them offer cheap quotes. However, they don’t spend enough time checking the property. You may feel pain hearing this, but it is you who needs to ensure they spend enough time checking your property.

The most abused service in terms of Electricians not taking their time in testing is Insulation resistance testing. It puts high voltage DC current down the cables and can cause irreversible damage to appliances. Therefore, many Electricians try to stay away from doing a proper test.

Will I receive an electrical safety certificate or certification of electrical installations?

Every Electrician should provide you with a certification of electrical installations, i.e., an electrical safety certificate. Without an Electrical Certificate, you have no proof of the test done.

How do I approach an Electrician for Electrical Testing (EICR)?

Call an Electrician to get it started. They will then provide you with the following list of actions to do before they arrive:

Be ready for them to turn off the power: You will not be able to use any electrics during this time. Many clients are comfortable leaving the Electrician in the property alone for a few hours.

The Electrician will need access to all sockets, lights, and light switches. Make sure all areas are reasonably clear, difficult areas are usually lofting and offices.

What is PAT Testing?

PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) is a test conducted by the Electrician to ensure the appliances in a property abide by legal obligations. PAT tests are especially important in property used by staff and members of the public. The most common areas are schools, hospitals, and office blocks.

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